Netflix is kinda admirable. After two pretty lame and totally wrong and messy seasons of live action Altered Carbon, now they’re coming up with a suiting anime. I’m showing you the English dubbed trailer:
Ok, after watching it twice I can’t say I’m impressed.
Didn’t see much congruence with the truly influential cyberpunk series of Richard K. Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs novels (Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, Woken Furies) in this new show neither. In fact does this look even more primitive and childish than the live action version. Yes, I said version since I refuse to call all those half-assed efforts adaptations. It seems they, again, cut all the most important and yummy parts out and reduced the grand scale story into a soap opera. 😦
Even worse, they even turned the story, the history, whole characters, around by 180%. Without any need. Just for the purpose to piss off all hardcore fans (of which your editrix is one)?
What was kinda tolerable in live action, due to budget restraints, becomes inexcusably bad when you have the power of anime to build the most vast worlds and retell Morgan’s books setpiece by setpiece, scene by scene. Let’s hope the anime will be better than the live action series.
What, you don’t think cyberpunk is for females? Not enough pink bunnies in cyber? It’s so techy and bully-ish, no woman could ever love that shit? Hm, yes, maybe the genre was invented by males (Gibson, Stephenson, Morgan, Shirow, countless Japanese manga and anime artists) but what they created, particularly Morgan, are armies of self-assured, strong-willed, super duper tech savvy, technologically enhanced and armed to the teeth, females. Assassins, soldiers, teachers, mercenaries, sex workers, artists, looters, hackers, scientists, infiltrators, with hardware-filled bionic and android artificial bodies. All of them super sexy, adorable and too cool for their own good. Dunno about you girls, but for me that’s more empowering and entertaining than listening to the bullcrap all the fukn SJW third gen feminists out there are dispersing.
Not? So tell me, what are you doing in Second Life exactly? Ain’t your avie a super technologically enhanced virtual version of yourself? A better, a futuristic version of you? And, same as the “stacked” human beings in Morgan’s novels, isn’t your avie kinda immortal? Whoever is in possession of Fanci’s, Francois’, Moontears’, and Maiti’s login info can awaken them at any time and log them into world. No I didn’t say you’re immortal, dummy. But your avie is! As long as SL is in existence, our avies are there, stacked in cryo. Retrievable. That’s kinda cyberpunk-ish, no?
But enough of that. Back to Altered Carbon: Resleeved. What you just watched was a trailer, just a trailer. A short snippet. The show might be completely different … and, hopefully, better.